was percentage is normally allowed in plageiarism in college

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Primeval man found himself in a hazardous and hostile world; the anxiety of wild creatures, of not being able to find food, or disease, and of natural occurrences, like thunder, lightning and volcanoes was continuously with him.
asked Nov 18 '12 at 22:38 PATRICK O'NEILL New member

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I too find this to be a sore spot. Properly citing your sources, placing quotation marks around direct quotations, and paraphrasing your sources really takes very little work -- and the consequences of getting caught cheating can be dire -- so why not do it right? As a graduate student instructor, I had to fail several freshman who turned in the same term paper. Did they think we instructors were stupid?


On a side note, Grammarly appears to flag any sequence of eight or more words that matches its database of online materials. This causes Grammarly to flag my manuscript every time it sees something like -- "the west bank of the lower San Joaquin River."  Since the California Department of Water Resources has placed online its archive of scholarly studies written since the mid-1950s, you can imagine how many online articles use this -- and similar -- phrases.

link edited Nov 19 '12 at 01:22 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

It seems like a feature could be used to change the eight word match without a lot of programming, Especially if it hits you a lot.

Lewis NeidhardtNov 19 '12 at 03:55

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